Red Wings Drop 3-1 Decision to Hurricanes

Looking to start a new winning streak after snapping their losing streak at four games on Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings faltered at home, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.

After a scoreless first period, Victor Rask opened the game’s scoring with 7:34 left in the second period. Detroit neminder Petr Mrazek came out to play the puck in front of his cage but sent it right to Rask, who skated around him and put it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Jakub Kindl tied things up with 2:16 left in the period, firing a point shot through traffic and between Carolina goalie Cam Ward‘s pads.

Ron Hainsey scored a similar goal from the opposite side of the ice off a Detroit turnover to make it 2-1 at 4:35 of the third period.

An empty-net goal by Eric Staal closed out the game’s scoring.

Mrazek made 18 saves on 20 shots against. Ward stopped 25 of 26 chances faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal, with Detroit getting two tries with the man-advantage and Carolina three.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they host the Ottawa Senators.

Pregame: Hurricanes @ Red Wings – 10/27

Back home from their Western Canadian road trip, the Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Less than a month into the season, it will be the third and final matchup between the two teams. The Red Wings won their first meeting in Raleigh while the Hurricanes claimed the meeting in Detroit.

The Red Wings will remain significantly shorthanded, as they were in Vancouver on Saturday. Blueliner Mike Green will be out two to three weeks with an upper-body injury and defenseman Kyle Quincey is out for at least a week undergoing concussion protocol. Brad Richards also remains on injured reserve with a back injury, in addition to Johan Franzen (concussion) and Pavel Datsyuk (ankle).

Detroit makes one lineup change up front, with Tomas Jurco replacing Landon Ferraro on the fourth line.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD+.

Green Out Two to Three Weeks

Detroit general manager Ken Holland announced on Monday that defenseman Mike Green will miss two to three weeks with an upper body injury.

Green suffered the injury on Friday night in Calgary on a hit by Josh Jooris. He finished the game but was held out of Saturday’s matchup with the Vancouver Canucks.

Holland also confirmed that blueliner Kyle Quincey will be out through the weekend as he undergoes concussion protocol. Quincey was hit high by the Flames’ Sam Bennett and also finished the game but missed the Saturday match.

Additionally, forward Brad Richards, out with a back injury, was scheduled to meet with a specialist today.

Red Wings Rally for OT Win over Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period and again in overtime, erasing a 2-0 deficit and snapping their four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winner with 1:10 remaining in the extra period. The Canucks were unable to chase down a loose puck entering the Detroit zone and goalie Petr Mrazek came out to get it. Mrazek sent a long pass to Nyquist at the far blue line, who broke in all alone to snap a shot past Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller.

The Canucks had opened the game’s scoring with 6:57 left in the opening period. Alexandred Burrows gained the Detroit zone down the left wing on a power play and fed Christopher Tanev for a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Mrazek for a 1-0 lead.

Another power play goal made it 2-0 at 8:02 of the second period. Quick passing got the puck from Bo Horvat in the left faceoff circle to Burrows behind the goal line and back out to Brandon Sutter in the slot for a quick shot that beat Mrazek.

Two quick third-period goals got the Red Wings even.

At 4:25, Teemu Pulkkinen collected a pass from Tomas Tatar in the neutral zone, then turned and drove to the net, fending off defender Ben Hutton and flipping a shot past Miller to make it 2-1.

Just 2:34 later, Tatar scored a goal of his own on the power play, snapping a shot from the right circe over Miller’s shoulder and tying things up.

Miller finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shot while Mrazek stopped 30 of 32 chances.

The Red Wings went one-for-six on the power play. Vancouver went two-for-four.

With their Western Canadian road trip complete, the Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurrcianes.


Detroit was without injured defensemen Mike Green and Kyle Quincey, who were replaced by Jakub Kindl and call-up Alexey Marchenko in the lineup.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Canucks – 10/24

One day after shaking up their blue line in an effort to find some consistency, the Red Wings are forced to switch things up again in the face of injury. Headed into their matchup with the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit will be without Kyle Quincey and Mike Green.

Quincey is being held out due to concussion protocol after taking a high hit from Sam Bennett late in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. He finished the game but Alexey Marchenko – who will play his third game in four nights – has been called up to replace him in Vancouver.

Green suffered a shoulder injury on a first-period hit from Josh Jooris. He also finished the game. Jakub Kindl, who was a healthy scratch on Friday, will skate in Green’s place.

To make room for Marchenko, Brad Richards has been placed on short-term injured reserve. Richards has been out with a back injury that will be re-evaluated when the Red Wings return to Detroit.

While every defense pairing could see a change, the forward lines will be identical to those used against the Flames.

Petr Mrazek will get the start in goal with Jimmy Howard having gone on Friday night.

Game time is 10:00 PM on FSD.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Flames – 10/23

I missed the Calgary game live but I got a text at the end of the first period implying big things were going down. Asking “What did I miss?” the response was “Everything.”

The hit on Dylan Larkin to end the period was a complete joke. Two minutes for targeting the head meant that the guy who did it was still in the game to score the tying goal. I’m not even expecting a suspension but even if there is one, it doesn’t help Detroit any.

The thing that jumped out to me as I re-watched, knowing what was coming, was the matching minors to Jonathan Ericsson and Micheal Ferland with 1:29 left in the period. Here’s how I see it:

The puck is covered by Jimmy Howard and play is blown dead. At this point, Ericsson is in the slot and Ferland is even further out, a few feet behind him. Ferland skates up behind Ericsson and slashes him on the calf then continues driving towards the net. Ericsson tries to intercept, putting his stick into Ferland’s shoulder.

Ferland nevertheless gets to the front of the net and throws a right-handed gloved-punch at Teemu Pulkkinen, while throwing his left out at Ericsson. Then Ericsson puts Ferland in a bear hug and referee Rob Martell calls matching minors.

Chris Osgood said on the FSD broadcast that he liked the penalty because it was Ericsson showing some fire. I hate the penalty because none of that should have happened.

Ferland is 15 feet or more away from the front of the net when play is blown dead. The only reason for him to go there is to do something illegal. Which he does both on the way there, with the slash to Ericsson, and once he gets there with the unprovoked punch to Pulkkinen. Yet on the scoresheet, that play is equal to Ericsson’s bear hug.

I get that Ferland is a tough guy. Slashing a guy from behind after the whistle isn’t tough. A gloved punch to someone’s face unprovoked isn’t tough. It’s thuggery. People only call it tough because the refs are too afraid to make tough calls so it’s thuggery that works.

Howard Stops 37 but Red Wings Fall to Flames in Overtime

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced on Friday night but it wasn’t enough to keep the Red Wings from a 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.

The Red Wings have now lost four consecutive games after starting the season with three straight wins.

Detroit carried a 2-1 lead into the final minutes of the third period but with 1:12 left in regulation Joe Colborne tipped a Mark Giordano shot from the high slot past Howard for a 2-2 tie.

In overtime it was Giordano playing the hero for Calgary, taking a feed from Johnny Gaudreau in the right faceoff circle and drawing Howard to him, then stepping around him to shovel the puck into the open net with 1:48 left in the extra period – his second goal of the game.

The Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist had opened the game’s scoring at 7:38 of the first period. On a Detroit power play, Nyquist snapped a shot from the inside edge of the right circle past Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

Giordano’s first of the night tied things up with 8:58 left to go in the opening frame. From nearly the same spot as hit shot on the tying goal, Giordano snapped the puck through a screen and past Howard to make it 1-1.

Brendan Smith – back in the Detroit lineup after a blue line shakeup – scored his first of the season to restore the Wings’ lead just 1:38 later. On another power play, Smith threw a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Hiller to make it 2-1.

Hiller finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots.

Both Detroit goals came with the man-advantage. They had four power play tries on the night. Calgary went scoreless on the power play.

The Red Wings conclude their Western Canadian road trip on Saturday in Vancouver.


Detroit defenseman Mike Green left the game early due to injury. Kyle Quincey and Niklas Kronwall also missed time during the game nursing injuries.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Flames – 10/23

Riding a three-game losing streak, the Red Wings will shake up their lines as they visit the Calgary Flames tonight.

Part of that shakeup is due to a back injury for Brad Richards, who will miss the final two games of Detroit’s road trip through Western Canada. With Richards out and Pavel Datsyuk not yet back from injury, rookie Dylan Larkin will switch from wing to center the team’s second line.

The expected lines are as follows:

Justin AbdelkaderHenrik ZetterbergGustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar – Dylan Larkin – Teemu Pulkkinen
Darren HelmRiley SheahanLuke Glendening
Drew MillerJoakim AnderssonLandon Ferraro

Niklas KronwallMike Green
Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser
Brendan SmithJonathan Ericsson

On defense, all three pairs are changed up, with Brendan Smith swapping in for Jakub Kindl in an effort to both spark offense and plug a porous blue line. Kindl joins Tomas Jurco as a healthy scratch.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek will get the nod to close out the trip in Vancouver.

Game time is 9:00 PM on FSD.